Solar, Utility Integration

Indian Power Plant to be Part Solar

The world’s biggest solar power project is set to become a reality near the Indian town of Mathania with the completion of all financial and administrative formalities, according to officials.

JODHPUR, India April 23, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Rajasthan Government is contributing Rs 8 billion (US$163.46 million) for the unique integrated solar combined cycle power generation plant, the first of its kind in the world, that has been granted a loan by German funding agency KFW. While the Global Environment Facility has given a grant of US$49 million for the project, the federal government is providing a grant of Rs 150 million, sources said. The project will have a combined cycle to generate 175 MW of power – 35 MW from solar energy and 140 MW from fossil fuel. The project, first developed in 1980s, is being implemented by the newly formed Rajasthan State Power Corporation Limited, one of the corporate successors of the State Electricity Board.